UDANA

Udana Prana is the ascending energy that flows from the heart to the head and brain. Udana Prana accompanies the awakening of the Kundalini Shakti. It is with the assistance of Udana Prana that the Astral body separates itself from the physical body. A strong Udana Prana eases the phase of death.

With the control of Udana Prana, the body becomes very light and one may gain the ability to levitate. When Udana Prana is in our control, external obstacles such as water, earth or stones no longer obstruct us. Intense practice of the Yoga breath exercises also gives the possibility of walking on water, or even floating in the air. Fakirs who sit or lie on a bed of nails possess the ability to control their Udana Prana. Yogis who live in the forest and remain unaffected by heat, cold, thorns and insects, etc., are protected through the control of Udana Prana. Udana Prana is activated by the practice of Ujjayi Pranayama, Bhramari Pranayama, as well as Viparitakarani Mudra.

Bhramari Pranayama Technique

  • Close the ears with the fingers and inhale. While exhaling through the nose, hum like a bumble-bee (the mouth remains closed).

  • After about 5-7 breaths sit motionless and breathe normally with the ears still closed. Concentrate on your inner space and listen to the inner sound.

  • This exercise will calm the nerves and thoughts, promote concentration and bring you into contact with your Self.

Bumble bee

Tonight at yoga I was taught a new breathing technique I think will be very useful for the Kili climb.

It is the bhramari technique otherwise known as the bumble bee breath!

Sitting comfortably in a cross legged or lotus position, with shoulders relaxed, inhale through your nose, with your mouth closed. Exhale slowly making a long low humming sound.

It is honestly the easiest thing! Even if you’re not into yoga, you can do this if you’re having trouble falling asleep. Although whoever you’re sleeping near may wonder where the humming is coming from.

To intensify you can cover your ears with your thumbs and your eyes with your fingers. 

It is very calming and releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter which regulates your mood, sleep, memory and appetite.  The technique is also helpful for lung expansion which is why I say it’ll be useful for Kili! 

Bharmari Pranayama

Humming Bee Breath

  • Balances Anja or Third Eye chakra.
  • Awakens psychic sensitivity
  • May be practiced any time to relieve mental tension
  • Relieves stress and cerebral tension
  • Alleviates anger, anxiety, insomnia
  • Reduces BP
  • Speeds healing of body tissue and is excellent after surgery
  • Strengthens and improves voice
  • Eliminates throat ailments
  • Induces meditative state
  • Directs awareness inwards
  • Vibrations soothe mind and nervous system

Contra-indications

  • don’t perform lying down
  • don’t perform when suffering from ear infection
  • heart disease - NO breath retention